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New CFP Top 25: wisconsin on the cusp, Ohio State lurks

Plus why it’s just show for Penn State, why MSU at 17 shows just how good Ohio State is, and Michigan ranked as we seek good wins for wisconsin.

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Ohio State
Soon, wisconsin.
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You might’ve heard Notre Dame got their shit pushed in by Miami over the weekend. I’m sorry, did you not? You should go relish in that a little while longer.

Were that not enough, though, the then-No. 10 Auburn Tigers beat down then-No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs, dropping two of the top three from the post-Week 10 College Football Playoff Rankings. That means after this week’s announcement, we stand as such:

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Clemson Tigers
  3. Miami-Florida Hurricanes
  4. Oklahoma Sooners
  5. wisconsin badgers
  6. Auburn Tigers
  7. Georgia Bulldogs
  8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  9. Ohio State Buckeyes
  10. Penn State Nittany Lions
  11. USC Trojans
  12. TCU Horned Frogs
  13. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  14. Washington State Cougars
  15. UCF Knights
  16. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
  17. Michigan State Spartans
  18. Washington Huskies
  19. N.C. State Wolfpack
  20. LSU Tigers
  21. Memphis Tigers
  22. Stanford Cardinal
  23. Northwestern Wildcats
  24. Michigan Wolverines
  25. Boise State Broncos


  • Seems about right for wisconsin, given their schedule. Nice of the committee to rank Michigan again, though, giving the badgers a second shot at a ranked win.
  • Auburn and Georgia get one last chance to make the CFP—both have to beat ‘Bama to be considered. And that’s a great sign for Ohio State, who would effectively need to hold serve the rest of the way to vault itself to #6...and then win the Big Ten Championship by enough to leapfrog the Clemson-Miami loser.
  • That math’s not as complicated as it sounds, and if you’re whining about it you’re probably just bitter.
  • Were you still confused as to how highly the committee regards Ohio State? They shellacked Michigan State by 45 and the Spartans still only dropped from 12 to 17.
  • Penn State, by virtue of having lost two games by a combined 4 points, lurks at #10, but at this point it’s just for show and a better NY6 bowl.
  • The last time Minnesota played #23 Northwestern, this happened. As a young Gopher at the time, this was merely further confirmation that sports were pain.